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Royal Polo, Watching a Mad Man & Lilly’s Latest Collaboration

Hello-Hello!  We are ever-so-happy to be back home at the Prepatorium, but we definitely enjoyed our little trip back east, hectic and frenzied as it was.

We begin with this year’s look at the Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Match this weekend, featuring HRH, Prince Harry.

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The competition pitted the Black Watch (yes, the team Polo Ralph Lauren sponsors) against the Prince’s Black Rock team. Below we see Black Watch team captain Nacho Figueras at the New York Stock Exchange last week to help promote the event. (You are not hallucinating, that is a horse seen in the background.)

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If Mr. Figueras looks familiar, it is likely a result of his work for PRL products, including the Double Black fragrance collection.

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

The athlete describes how he relates to varying PRL fragrances in an interview today with AOL’s StyleList.

“The Polo Black guy is suit-and-tie, in the city, going to the theater, a museum; the side of me that goes to the Hamptons and to the beach with the kids is the Polo Blue side; and the Polo Green is the man with the horses and the farm.

Below we see Mr. Figueras and his family at Sunday’s function, the 3rd Annual Veuve Clicquot match.

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

The event is a fundraiser for one of the Prince’s charities, the American arm of Sentebale, an organization the Prince founded to help AIDs-stricken children in Lesotho.

Despite being an expert horseman, HRH did take a spill.

David Goldman/AP

These two are perhaps the best known polo players in the world.

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As mentioned earlier, Polo Ralph Lauren sponsors the Black Watch team. Merchandise in this collection features Mr. Figueras’ number “2”, below we see the Women’s Black Watch Big Pony polo as well the Men’s version.

It wouldn’t be the Veuve without celebrities, Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner were on hand, as was Gayle King. (Photos by Steve Eichner, WWD)

Designer Rachel Roy and actor Josh Lucas also headed to Governor’s Island for the afternoon’s activities.

As did model Carol Alt.

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Actor Val Kilmer was in seersucker.

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Many dress for the festivities.

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As with Royal Ascot, hats are encouraged.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

In this photo one can see HRH Prince Harry (4th from L) and Nacho Figueras (2nd from R) as they pose with teammates after the event.

Stephen Lovekin/Pool/Getty Images

The Prince wasn’t the only royal taking part, HRH Princess Beatrice was also at the match.

Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Of course the activities are not limited to Sunday’s play, there are other functions one must consider, the Princess also attended Saturday’s Veuve Clicquot reception at Greenwich CC. Again, she is with Mr. Clark.

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If you missed this weekend’s events, no cause to fret, they do play July 24-August 8 at the Bridgehampton Polo Club; click here to see the schedule for those matches.

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Also today, we know a few readers are excited about the July return of Mad Men; something we are totally gaga over occasionally remember if others bring up the topic. (Ahem.) We thought some might enjoy seeing images from this weekend’s Omega Watches launch of its re-designed Constellation line, as Don Draper actor Jon Hamm took part in the celebration.

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Also at the party, Adrien Brody, Twilight’s Anna Kendrick and Zhang Ziyi; below we see Ms. Ziyi and Mr. Hamm.

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Another relaunch to share, good news for fans of the much-missed Domino magazine: the newly re-done Brides.com site will feature the entire Domino archive.

Brides.com via ShelterPop

Many articles are already up on Brides.com.  Since saying goodbye to Domino 16 months ago we have become very attached to Lonny, an outstanding online shelter publication, but we are happy to learn of this additional resource’s availability.

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We have advance warnings reminders about Lilly Pulitzer goods at two different ‘members only’ discount sites.  RueLala will be offering merchandise from the Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill collection beginning at 11am tomorrow (Tuesday, 6/29). Should you need an invitation, simply click here.

Courtesy Garnet Hill via RueLala

One Kings Lane will be offering Lilly merchandise as well, starting at 11am EDT; if seeking an invitation to that site, click here.

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We have a look at the latest collaboration for Lilly Pulitzer.

Courtesy Barnes & Noble

The firm has partnered with Barnes & Noble, creating exclusive Lilly totes and covers for the company’s Nook e-reader.  The totes come in Buena Vista (above) and Secret Garden, below.

Courtesy Barnes & Noble

The totes are nylon with braided handles and they have a clear vinyl pouch for one’s e-reader, priced at $69.95.  These are available now online and at Barnes & Noble stores.  Below we show the not-yet-released Nook cases by Lilly.

Courtesy Barnes & Noble via Shopping Blog

These will be available August 5, or they may be reserved here starting July 12; the cases run $49.95 and $59.95.

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We cannot leave without sharing a bit about our ever-so-wonderful-evening with one of our favorite partners, Kiel James Patrick.  Kiel and Sarah couldn’t have been nicer hosts Friday evening, arranging a fabulous dinner in the Massachusetts Whaling District.  Some of the lovely setting can be seen in this photo.

Courtesy Kiel James Patrick

Umm, that cocktail in the picture? We’ve nary a clue how it got there. It must be an arm from someone else’s table, yes, that must be what happened. (Heh-heh-heh.)  We extend our thanks to both Sarah and Kiel for an absolutely delightful evening, they are bright, charming and gifted young people.

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Target’s Next Handbag Designer, Princely Polo, J Crew Talks Changes (More Price Cuts)

Happy-Happy Friday everyone, and may the sun be brightly shining upon you as we approach a respite from the frenzy that somehow took over the week.

We begin with news of the next designer collaboration for Le Boutique Tarzsay, aka Target.  The hip discount retailer is partnering with Carlos Falchi for a line of handbags in jewel tones like plum and teal, crafted of faux-snakeskin.

For those unfamiliar with this designer, we share a few current offerings from the upscale designer’s current collection, not associated with the upcoming Target line.

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This will be Target’s eighth limited edition handbag collection; the line is slated to be available from Oct. 11 to Dec. 27.  Fashionistas can still purchase pieces from the company’s current collaborative effort: the Felix Ray for Target collection remains in stores until June 14.  (Pssst – several styles from this group are on clearance!)

Just to ensure we have a Pretty in Pink today, here is another piece from the current Carlos Falchi collection.

Falchi can be found at most of your standard stops: at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, eLuxury and Zappos.

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Big doings for Burberry yesterday in honor of the company launching their new Madison Avenue headquarters.  In fact, Mayor Bloomberg officially decreed it Burberry Day, and we’re sure readers will not be surprised to hear there were plenty of posh people celebrating such an amazing (ahem) and august occasion.  Many of the usual suspects were party circuit regulars popped in, or at least made sure to visit the red carpet area leading into the bash.

PHOTO: Andrew H. Walker/Getty

PHOTO: Andrew H. Walker/Getty

Actress Blake Lively from TV’s Gossip Girl was on hand,sharing her sentiments on what her favorite Burberry fashion is:

“I just live in my Burberry trenches,” Lively said about the fashion company’s signature coat.”

Indeed. Ms. Lively wasn’t the only G2 star on hand, co-star and real-life paramour Penn Badgley also made it to the festivities.

PHOTO: Andrew H. Walker/Getty

Andrew H. Walker/Getty

The pièce de résistance for Burberry execs was the unveiling of the company’s logo high above Madison Avenue:

PHOTO: Kourvanis/Wire Image

PHOTO: Kambouris/Wire Image

While poking a little fun at some of these functions we don’t want to overlook a seriously good thing occurring in tandem with Burberry’s move into its new US digs. The company is putting $500,000 from their newly established Burberry Foundation into projects geared toward teens.

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Some may remember a bit of our incredibly tedious pontificating post discussing the “Business of Preppy,” as we call it. We have an update for J. Crew, who released financial results for the quarter in a conference call with financial analysts yesterday. While things are still not good at Crew (profits down a whopping 33%), they were better than hoped.

One of the benefits of the earnings reports is the accompanying information that looks at future plans.  In today’s WWD story (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) on J. Crew’s financial performance some of CEO Mickey Drexler’s insights and plans for the future are revealed:

  • Adjusting Crewcut prices downward.
  • Getting more aggressive on marketing the new Crewcuts catalogue. The first edition made its debut earlier this month; the second comes out in August.

  • Adjusting investments in higher-priced goods, including the range on Madewell jeans to emphasize those under $100 such as Madewell 37, priced at $59.50, and the “ex-boyfriend” style, priced at $95. Premium jeans can go as high as $198.

According to the story, Mr. Drexler indicated more J. Crew Collection and J. Crew Menswear stores are possibilities, saying he scouted locations this week in San Francisco and Los Angeles for such additions. And how does the retail and branding whiz kid feel about the overall situation?

“In a very perverse way, the bad environment was a big wake-up call. I kind of like it. The customer has become so much more acute and educated about buying goods.”

Good for Mickey, we have always admired his tenacity.

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Because we want to end on some Friday Fun, we close with a quick peek at an addition to our Lilly Pulitzer Stationery line: the Lilly Party Pack.

Lilly Pulitzer Party Pack

Lilly Pulitzer Party Pack

If buying all of the items separately the cost would be $61.50, a more-than-fair and reasonable investment IOHO (but of course, we are biased!).

Lilly Party Pack in Taboo

Lilly Party Pack in Taboo

But why spend all that when you can snag everything you need in a Party Pack while lowering the cost to a mere $52.50!

Party Pack in Juice Bar

Party Pack in Juice Stand

Let Lilly and the Princess do some of the work for you with a Party Pack!

Party Pack in Loco Patch

Party Pack in Loco Patch

With those sunny images and bright colors we say sayonara until next time. And whether contemplating weekend activities that are lush and languid, or fast and furious, we hope you can savor each and every minute.

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Whoops!!! In our fervor to pop into the sunshine we almost forgot to mention Prince Harry’s visit to the city today and tomorrow’s big goings on!

The Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic will feature some faces you may be familiar with:

This would be Nacho Figueras, arguably the best polo player in the world, captain of the Black Watch Polo team. He is also the face for Ralph Lauren’s Black Watch fragrance; Mr. Lauren sponsors the Black Watch team, and also sells limited edition apparel adorned with the team’s logo and Mr. Figueras’ number “2”.

The match this Saturday is destined to be great fun, pitting the Black Watch against another team featuring a famous face:

PHOTO: Matt Cardy/Getty

PHOTO: Matt Cardy/Getty

This would be Prince Harry, who also knows his way around and atop a polo pony. A news release on the event explains the ultimate good purpose behind the gala goings-on:

“Event proceeds will benefit American Friends of Sentebale, a U.S.-based charity that supports at-risk children in Lesotho, Africa”

HRH has already made his first official stops, posing for a photo with firefighters:

PHOTO: Chris Ison-Pool/Getty

PHOTO: Chris Ison-Pool/Getty

On his way to placing a wreath at Ground Zero.

PHOTO: Pool/Lucas Jackson/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Pool/Lucas Jackson/AFP/Getty

This is the first official visit to the US by the Prince, his first as a child was technically considered a private event.

To view any of several videos showcasing the Black Watch, Mr. Figueras and the Polo fragrances he fronts, click here.

Now finally, we say adieu.

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